Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beef Empanadas

Tomorrow after work I am going home for a long weekend to visit my family.  I haven't seen some of my family members since Christmas, so I am pretty excited.

Whenever I have a trip or something exciting right after work, I cannot pay attention to my work tasks for the life of me.  I already know that tomorrow isn't going to be a super productive work day.  I'll have too much on my mind.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Zucchini Spice Bread

Yesterday I was eating desserts with friends at an Italian bakery, and I was reminded how I have an insatiable taste for rich, chocolate desserts.

Some people can only stomach  small amounts of dark chocolate cake or chocolate cheesecake, but I have no problem polishing off a large slice in one sitting.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ham and Robusto Grilled Cheese with Mango Chutney

By my office, there is a restaurant that only sells grilled cheese sandwiches.  I have never been, but I have wanted to go for a few weeks.  

I have been to a restaurant whose sole focus was macaroni and cheese and another who only sold rice pudding.  You have to be pretty confident in your product if you are only going to sell one type of food.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pumpkin Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

There is a gym at my work that offers classes during lunch and in the evening. I went today and did something new. When it comes to exercise, new is good. I get burned out easily.

The instructor had a deck of cards, and he assigned an exercise for each suite. The exercises were pushups, these crunches where you had to grab your ankles, burbes, and squats.

He removed all the numbers below four. We choose a card and did the number and exercise indicated by the card. It sounds easy, but it was pretty rough going by the end of the deck.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Elote Salad

Thanks to the big glob of mayonnaise, this is not a healthy or low calorie salad.  The best salads usually are unhealthy.  Things like mayonnaise, bacon, avocado, and cheese have a way of improving the flavor of salads.

It's summer, the days are a little longer, and thus we are all exercising more.  Therefore,  we can eat salads with a big glops of mayonnaise.  

Elote is a Mexican street food.  It is usually served on a stick.  It's often served with crema, chile powder, butter, cheese, lemon juice, lime juice, mayonnaise, or sour cream.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shrimp Panang Curry

I wonder who first decided to eat some types of foods.  Shrimp is an example of one of these foods.  Did someone find a shrimp in the ocean and just pop it into their mouth?

Whoever he was, he was probably hungry and would have put anything into his mouth to fill his stomach.  

I did not like shrimp as a kid.  I liked the taste, but the idea of putting an entire shrimp body into my mouth kind of freaked me out.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Southwest Tomato and Squash Salad with Cotija

Yesterday I was making a grilled cheese sandwich, and I cut my left thumb.  I was using a serrated knife to cut a thin piece of hard cheese.  It was a recipe for disaster.  I was using my right hand to cut, but I was stabilizing the cheese with my left hand.

It didn't hurt much, but the cut was deeper than my usual kitchen knife wounds.  My bandage was dark red by this morning.  

It's ridiculous how many times I have cut or burned myself while cooking.  It doesn't happen all the time, but I'll injure myself in the kitchen at least once a year.  Luckily the injuries have all been minor.